South Shore Cultural Center Wedding Photos: Rachel & Nish

Rachel and Nish’s wedding at South Shore Cultural Center was the first time this season that I’ve shot on Chicago’s South Side. While they live in Milwaukee now they welcomed friends and family from all over the world so it was truly a Chicago destination wedding. I’ve been looking forward to Rachel and Nish’s South Shore Cultural Center Wedding photos since their Millennium Park Engagement Session last fall.

Justin flew in from Denver again to help me document the day. He started with Nish and the groomsmen (mostly playing NBA 2K) while I was with Rachel and the ladies in their suite at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. I’ve shot both grooms and brides getting ready at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and it’s always a pleasure. The rooms are nice and large and filled with beautiful window light.

As soon as Rachel was in the dress we headed down to meet Nish for a first look with the Chicago Skyline in the background. From there we headed down the Riverwalk toward Michigan Avenue for portraits. We stopped several places along the way including the Wrigley Building and the plaza just to the west. After making some epic lit portraits it was time to head to the South Shore Cultural Center for the ceremony.

The ceremony was in the Solarium with huge windows overlooking Lake Michigan – it’s a stunning view. Rachel and Nish’s friend John officiated and did a great job. The ceremony went quick, but Justin and I still found some great moments.

The reception kicked off with Rachel’s father’s welcome and few more toasts including the maid of honor and best man. During dinner we able to sneak outside for a few dusk/night portraits with the blue sky and Chicago skyline lit up. We came back in to cut the cake. I especially loved Rachel & Nish’s dinosaur cake toppers that had a little moment of their own after the cutting. Then it was time for first dances. Rachel & Nish shared their first dance then each danced with their parents. From there, the dance party was on!

Justin and I had a great time making South Shore Cultural Center wedding photos with Rachel & Nish and their friends and family. Thanks for trusting us to tell your wedding story!

bride has makeup applied while getting ready for her wedding at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago

bridesmaids in a circle put on their earrings together while getting ready for a wedding at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago

bride looks in a hand mirror while getting ready for a wedding at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago

bride puts on wedding dress while getting ready for a wedding at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago

bridesmaid helps bride put on a shoe while getting ready for her wedding at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago

groom laughs while playing video games with groomsmen before his wedding at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago

groom puts on vest while getting ready for his wedding at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago

groom puts on tie in mirror while getting ready for his wedding at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago

groomsmen put on ties while getting ready for his wedding at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago

groom kisses brides hand at first look in downtown Chicago

first look bride reaction

first look groom reaction

bride and groom wedding lit portrait chicago skyline hancock building

black and white bride and groom wedding portrait heads together

lit blue sky wedding portrait with chicago skyline in background

bride and groom laugh outdoor garden wedding portrait

black and white bride and groom wedding portrait in front of Wrigley building in downtown Chicago

groom reaction to bride walking down aisle during wedding ceremony at South Shore Cultural Center

black and white bride walking down aisle with parents during wedding ceremony at South Shore Cultural Center

bride laughs during wedding ceremony at South Shore Cultural Center

South Shore Cultural Center wedding photos wide angle of solarium

groom laughs during wedding ceremony at South Shore Cultural Center

bride laughs during South Shore Cultural Center wedding ceremony in Chicago

South Shore Cultural Center wedding photos wide angle of solarium with entire wedding party in solarium

bride and groom exchange rings during South Shore Cultural Center wedding photos

bride and groom kiss during South Shore Cultural Center wedding photos

father of the bride delivers toast during wedding reception at South Shore Cultural Center

bride and groom laugh during toast at South Shore Cultural Center wedding reception photos

maid of honor toast at South Shore Cultural Center wedding reception photos

best man toasts with groom South Shore Cultural Center wedding reception photos

bride and groom pose for South Shore Cultural Center wedding portraits blue sky on beach

bride and groom kiss during night portrait for South Shore Cultural Center wedding photos

bride and groom laugh after cutting cake

bride and groom first dance during South Shore Cultural Center wedding photos

black and white bride and groom dip first dance during South Shore Cultural Center wedding photos

father of the bride and mother of the groom first dance parent dance together

guests dance during South Shore Cultural Center wedding reception

bride dances in the center with guests during South Shore Cultural Center wedding reception photos

guests dance during South Shore Cultural Center wedding reception

groom dances with friends during South Shore Cultural Center wedding reception photos

couple laughs on the dance floor during South Shore Cultural Center wedding reception photos

guests dance during South Shore Cultural Center wedding reception

guests dance during wedding reception at South Shore Cultural Center

black and white guests dance during wedding reception at South Shore Cultural Center

bride and groom dance together in center of guests during South Shore Cultural Center wedding reception

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